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Dooley, Timmy

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (Continued)

It will not get the money from the Minister, Deputy Eoghan Murphy, to buy it.More Button

Is it the Taoiseach's alter ego on Twitter?More Button

Post Office Closures

Asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: his views on whether it is acceptable that a minimum of 159 post offices will imminently close; and the steps he will take to restore viability to the An Post network. More Button

The Minister is well aware by now of the decision by An Post to orchestrate the closure of 159 post offices in some of the most marginal and rural parts of the country. I would appreciate it if he...More Button

The wholesale closure of post offices across the country is a fundamental attack on rural Ireland and the people who live in it. I recognise that there has been a fall-off in the usage of post off...More Button

The Minister has claimed no one will be forced to go. However, they will be. When a post office closes and the postmaster or postmistress receives his or her rightful payment, the people who avai...More Button

Post Office Closures (Continued)

The Minister should follow what is being done in the UK and elsewhere in western Europe and provide a small amount of subvention to support those businesses in the individual villages that are happ...More Button

National Broadband Plan Implementation

Asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: the status of the national broadband plan process; and the dates by which construction of the broadband network will commence and be completed.More Button

I appreciate the Minister's confirmation that he has received the bid today. Will he tell the House who the bid is from? He is aware that in recent months Eir pulled out of the process, as did th...More Button

The Minister is telling the House that Enet is no longer the lead bidder and that the company is not part of the consortium that is bidding. It seems that the John Laing Group is no longer part of...More Button

In light of the information the Minister is not giving us, does he have any concerns about the viability of the company in question and its ability to meet the requirements of this important contra...More Button

The Minister will need to reflect very seriously on this matter in light of what is about to emerge on the change in character of the bidder that has submitted its final tender. I understand the...More Button

There are now real questions about the viability of the bid. Eir, Vodafone, the ESB and SSE have pulled out and my information is that the John Laing Group has pulled out. Enet has moved from t...More Button

North-South Interconnector

Asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: when he plans to publish two reports that his Department has commissioned on the feasibility of undergrounding the North-South interconnector and provide compensation for owners of property near hi...More Button

Future of the Post Office Network: Motion [Private Members]

It is shocking.More Button

That is dedication.More Button

Future of the Post Office Network: Motion [Private Members] (Continued)

My time is shared. The time slots were submitted. The Minister has taken the wrong approach to this debate from the very start. He has taken the position of An Post and based the closure of post...More Button

Nowhere have I ever heard a Minister with responsibility for transport say that if a road is lightly trafficked and there is not enough traffic on it, we will not fill the potholes unless more pe...More Button

What about the people who have to make that trip? They have to pay for taxis, as Deputy Stanley said, or get relations to bring them to collect their social welfare payments. That is an unfair en...More Button

I accept that previous Governments allowed post offices to close. In many cases, the contract was re-offered and other businesses did not take them up because the demand had deteriorated.More Button

I will get to that in a minute. Never before was there such a wholesale thing-----More Button

With respect, I have tried not to be drawn by Deputy Pearse Doherty and I will take no history lesson from Sinn Féin Deputies. I will avoid the temptation to remind them how they treated postmaste...More Button

The reality is that on many occasions when post offices closed, there was no alternative and nobody took the business up. There was no attempt made by a Government at that stage to do a wholesal...More Button

I have sat in meetings the same as everyone else over the last months and heard it said that we could put the post office into a local shop. We do not need a postmaster or postmistress; we do no...More Button

There is an opportunity to deliver the social welfare payments through the PostPoint platform. That has the capacity to ensure that social welfare payments are retained within communities and it...More Button

However, this should not be allowed to take from the other villages that are now expecting to get the windfall from the closures because that is robbing Peter to pay Paul, which does not work eit...More Button

The Minister knows the small communities. I will name the post offices that are for closure in County Clare. Cooraclare post office almost closed but the village managed to retain its post offi...More Button

The same as Deputy Fitzmaurice did when he negotiated the programme for Government and then bottled it on the last day.More Button

He should take responsibility.More Button

He bottled it.More Button

The Deputy's party disappeared many people into holes too.More Button

Would be better off having no government? That is what Sinn Féin perpetrated on the Six Counties. It has never taken responsibility for anything.More Button

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: his plans to address the fact that Ireland is now one of Europe's worst climate laggards and that emissions are rising; and the steps he will be taking in the short and medium term to reduce Irelan...More Button

Television Licence Fee Collection

Asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: the status of reforming television licence fee collection, tackling licence fee evasion and creating a more sustainable funding model for public sector broadcasting.More Button

Social Media Regulation

Asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: his views on the establishment of a digital safety commissioner to ensure fair and responsible practice in the online and social media sphere; the steps he is taking to advance this; and if he will...More Button

School Transport Provision

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the reason a child (details supplied) who has provided documentary evidence that there is no place for the child at the nearest school will not be provided transport to the closest school which can...More Button

Illness Benefit Payments

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: the reason a person (details supplied) who was eligible for illness benefit on the basis of documentation submitted was not granted the payment but was subsequently means tested for supplementary w...More Button

Illness Benefit Eligibility

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: the rationale for not providing illness benefit to eligible applicants and means testing claimants under the supplementary welfare guidelines despite illness benefit not being a means tested paymen...More Button

State Pension (Non-Contributory) Appeals

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: when a file relating to a person (details supplied) will be forwarded from the non-contributory section of her Department in County Sligo to the appeals office; and if she will make a statement on ...More Button